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Published: Thursday, March 19 2009 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Totally Pathetic

This story is about people who made the ultimate sacrifice for your freedoms! You may dissagree with what they fought for but they at least deserve your respect. To those of you who come in here to voice your political agenda and try to bring light to totally different causes are all completely pathetic. Have you no shame? Are you that hollow that you will choose any forum to voice your political views? Shame on you all!

katamb-midvale

Please edit the line, "Cemeteries across the state, such as the Roy City Stoker Memorial Cemetery, are dotted with graves of those whom we won't see again." with "... dotted with graves of those whom we WILL see again." Life after death is real. God bless the families who have made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom around the world.

SpySmiley

Totally Pathetic:

You got it upside down, backa...words. I am a Vietnam combat veteran. I've killed people and I was wounded. That war was built on a Lyndon Johnson lie. The war in Iraq is Bush's lie. I weep for all who have died, are dying and will die in our wars.

All GIs have my utter respect and profound appreciation. But, when we talk about Iraq, we're talking about a criminal act by Bush, Cheney, Rumsfield and Rice. A lie, a criminal lie, that has killed hundreds of thousands of human beings.

Iraq should never have happened. If there is an after life, Bush will suffer for eternity.

Those who gave their lives are owed respect. The war does not. Bush does not. Cheney does not. Rice does not.

But through this all, those who died in Vietnam and Iraq did not die for our freedom. They died for Johnson's and Bush's lies.

Cats

To Justin and Smiley: Did you realize that some emotionally disturbed fruitcakes are writing blogs and posting them under your names?

Mike Cawley

Jim was my brother, a few thoughts I'd like to mention.

Jim was a great debater as said in the article and I'm sure he would have many opinions on the war himself today. As do I. But to explain him, I've never forgotten something he told me once. "I don't fight for Presidents. I may or may not like the person in office. But it is my duty to serve the country. He had his reasons for serving. And they were not about his own personal glory. I can't speak for my family or his on the 4259 soldiers killed in Iraq. What I can say is I have never asked or needed others to cry in outrage over his own death. And for those who do cry in outrage, I'm sure many of you make some points that are worth discussion. But you can reduce the number of deaths as it changes by "1". He knew what he was doing, he did not have to go, but he went. The war will one day be judged by history. worthy or not isn't important, I'm proud of his sacrifice.

Mike Cawley

Thank you to all who have expressed appreciation for my brother's service. Even those who don't agree with the war but appreciate his sacrifice. Our Dad served in WW2/Vietnam and once told me a story of coming home from Vietnam and walking through the airport. There were protestors and one of them spit on one of his men. And in anger and for protection of his men, he grabbed the protestor and "made it clear" he "better not do that again." We have grown as a country since then. Most citizens understand more about the sacrifice of those who serve. I am forever grateful to the press for the respect they gave and continue to give to Jim. I am very moved by the huge outpouring and display of gratitude they showed. Since then the outpouring has trickled down when the fallen return. Yes, soldiers who take their lives are casualties deserving tremendous respect. Jim gave life for country. But the men who r and LIVE lives for country with lost sight, hearing, limbs, brain injuries, mental anguish...they and their families are true heroes. Support them. See that politicians to do the same. Thanks again.

Kevin

Jim was my uncle, and I would like to throw in a few words as well.

On tuesday, March 24, I'm being sworn in to the Army. My decision, six years after my uncle was killed, is not a direct result of his death, or his service, but it is very much for the same reasons that he was willing to put his life on the line. He was out there trying to protect the good from the evil. The "Good" are those who try to live their lives to the fullest without invading the freedoms of others, the "Evil" take what they want from whoever has it, even if it costs others their life. There are two things I want to accomplish in this comment: 1) If you must use this story of rememberance as a discussion forum for your own ideals, know what you're talking about. America was founded as the closest thing ever to pure capitalism. It didn't quite make it all the way, but close. Men were free to set out on whatever they wanted to dedicate their lives to.

Kevin

Correction: men ARE free to set out on whatever they want to dedicate their lives to. If you don't believe me, look up the term "lasseiz-faire capitalism." It's the very DEFINITION of freedom.

The next thing I want to do is also to say that this war may in fact be surrounded with lies, but the destruction of evil is NEVER an unworthy cause. Is there still evil here at home? Absolutely, and you can bet that I never pass up a chance to fight the injustices that I can here, through a hobby I never knew I shared with my uncle: debate.

Kevin

One last thought: don't presume we are doing NOTHING in Afghanistan. Just because they don't tell you everything that's going on doesn't mean nothing's happening. This is one situation where secrecy is not only permissible, it's morally necessary. The unnecessary loss of American lives for the sole purpose of reassuring you that we ARE doing what we set out to do would be a REAL case of murder at the hands of ANYBODY in the administration responsible.

Mandi

I did not know Jim personally, but I married into his family. Kevin (above) is my husband. I am extremely proud of people like Jim and Kevin for going and defending the rights this country was based on. You do not have to support the war, but please support our service men and women who are out fighting it.

Amy Galvez

I am astounded to read some of the comments posted here. What short term memories Americans have. You may not agree with the war but has our homeland been hit with another attack since 9/11/01? The war has been kept off our home land by those who are willing to go out and do the job regardless of what it may cost. Freedom didn't just happen in America and unless it is protected, it will not remain. We have become a self centered society and can't see beyond our own lives. Thank you James Cawley and all those who have been willing to sacrifice on behalf of others who only care about themselves.

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